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Trade Deficit decreased in May to $44.4 Billion


Catching up … the Department of Commerce reported this morning:

[T]otal May exports of 5.5 billion and imports of 9.8 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of .4 billion, down from .0 billion in April, revised. May exports were .0 billion more than April exports of 3.5 billion. May imports were .7 billion less than April imports of 0.5 billion.

The trade deficit was smaller than the consensus forecast of .1 billion.

The first graph shows the monthly U.S. exports and imports in dollars through April 2014.

U.S. Trade Exports Imports Click on graph for larger image.

Imports  decreased and exports increased in May.  

Exports are 18% above the pre-recession peak and up 4% compared to May 2013; imports are about 4% above the pre-recession peak, and up about 3% compared to May 2013. 

The second graph shows the U.S. trade deficit, with and without petroleum, through May.

U.S. Trade Deficit The blue line is the total deficit, and the black line is the petroleum deficit, and the red line is the trade deficit ex-petroleum products.

Oil imports averaged .12 in May, up from .48 in April, and down from .74 in May 2013.  The petroleum deficit has generally been declining and is the major reason the overall deficit has declined since early 2012.

The trade deficit with China increased to .8 billion in May, from .9 billion in May 2013. 
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